The claws are out between two pet food giants and one has
gone to the High Court alleging some of Whiskas' packaging is
Nestle and Mars - better known for their chocolate products -
also manufacture a string of other items, including pet food.
Nestle owns the Purina and Friskies brands while Mars owns
the Whiskas brand.
Nestle New Zealand has gone to the High Court at Auckland
alleging Whiskas range of dry cat food contains misleading
The Herald understands the issue relates to Mars' packaging
about protein-levels in its products.
Lawyers for both parties appeared this morning before Justice
Raynor Asher in today for a brief timetabling hearing.
Nestle lawyer Laura O'Gorman said her client was seeking both
an interim injunction and summary judgement over whether the
Whiskas products contains misleading claims.
Both these applications will be heard together next month.
Outside court O'Gorman said the interim injunction would only
be necessary if the summary judgement application failed and
the matter required to a more substantial hearing.
Mars New Zealand lawyer Tracey Walker, also speaking outside
court, said the defendant stands by its packaging.
- By Hamish Fletcher of the NZ Herald